07 BOOK: Lennon (2010)

January 22, 2024

David Foenkinos (Paris, 1974)

Today’s a good day to discuss a man who left a musical mark in history. On this 9th of October, I’ll talk about John Winston Lennon. Honouring his fixation with numbers and celebrating his birthdate on the 9th of October, 1940, I’d like to share two fascinating books about his life.

I wasn’t a Beatles fan, but I’d listen to them when someone played their tunes, and I enjoyed their music. They’re on several of my playlists; I’d choose them a thousand times over Bad Bunny or Peso Pluma (sorry, I’m an old lady judging the music of the newer generations hehe, truth be told, there are a few tracks from the ‘bad bunny’ that I quite like). You might wonder why I have books about Lennon if I’m not a fan, and here come the confessions🫣.

I first read David Foenkinos’s ‘Lennon’ because I love Foenkinos’s writing style. Interestingly, he penned this book out of admiration for Lennon. The way it’s written is truly captivating as it portrays Lennon lying down, conversing with what could be a therapist, in various sessions where Lennon delves into his life story. He freely expresses his feelings and his saddest, toughest, craziest, and deepest experiences.

Over 192 pages, you feel like you’re delving into the human Lennon was, not the figure he became. Each session was an emotional rollercoaster; there were moments where his actions enraged me as much as they moved me. I’d justify, understand, and then confront what he did.

What I liked most:

• Imagining that Lennon could have uttered every word I was reading, feeling that through each chapter/session, he was freeing himself from his history.

• Foenkinos’ portrayal of the ‘darker’ sides of Lennon.

• Getting to know the people who shaped Lennon’s life.

• I adored the book cover.

What challenged me:

• I’m amazed at the intensity of fans; I still struggle to comprehend what some do just to be close to an artist. It must be incredibly tough to feel the harassment from fans.

• It’s intriguing how fame and money can change people, but it’s even more striking how those in their close circle can commit such atrocities. In this case, I was deeply moved learning about Lennon’s father’s actions, and I believe it must be quite tough to know that you have to protect yourself even from your father.

Quotes that resonate with me:

“I’ve been rejected so much that I can smell rejection before it even surfaces.”

“I had within me the necessary dose of suffering for the formation of genius.”

“The violence of our breakdown matched our success.”

“We were like puppets that people came to see, not hear.”

Thank you for reading these words; have a splendid day! 😘

P.S. Now, onto the book written by Cynthia.

P.P.S. It’s worth reiterating that I’m not an expert in anything, not in literature, nor music. I love sharing the books I read in case someone’s interested in reading them. But more importantly, if someone has read them and wants to share their reflections and comments with me, this is about helping each other and philosophising together.

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